Photo by Ewan Burns
“Now the ice is gone. When I was a child there was always ice for hunting”.
East Greenland Hunter, 2015
I am the science writer on Dr. Kristin Laidre’s Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, which documents the effects of climate change on subsistence polar bear hunters in Greenland. The project illustrates how species conservation relies on working together with local communities and respecting different cultural values. And it gives a thrillingly close look at what’s happening with people and polar bears in the far north. It shows what we are fighting for.
Photography by Tiina Itkonen
Susan’s work has appeared in Audubon, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and other magazines. Her column, The Household Environmentalist, appeared weekly in The Seattle Times and was syndicated in some 80 newspapers across the U.S. Susan has been nominated for three National Magazine Awards and for an American Association for the Advancement of Science science-writing award.
Born in Tokyo, Susan has also lived in Hong Kong, Brazil, and the U.K. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish, is a certified SCUBA diver, can stay on a horse while taking notes, and can generally be counted on to know which fork to use.